In a move that mirrors authoritarian regimes, Trump declares that immigrants must be imprisoned indefinitely before their case is heard by a judge.
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Washington, DC – Trump and his anti-immigrant administration signed a memo on Friday night that makes clear their intention to confine immigrants entering the country in detention camps while they wait for their asylum or immigration cases to be heard in court.
This mandate to imprison people until their cases are heard by a judge comes just after Trump mounted a cruel and dehumanizing attack on people of color seeking refugee in our country by ordering National Guard troops to the border.
On Thursday (4/12) at 2 pm ET, United We Dream will host a press call with young people who’ve been held in detention camps to discuss the despicable conditions of immigrant imprisonment and the need to halt deportations: DIAL IN: 877 888 4294; Passcode: DETENTION
LuzHilda Campos, Deportation Defense Program Manager for United We Dream and potential Dream Act beneficiary said:
“With every tweet, memo and speech Trump makes about immigrants, it’s clear what his intentions are: to send deportation agents after brown and Black people, keep us locked in for profit detention camps and then erase us from this country.
“Ending a policy that allowed immigrants to return home to their loved ones while they fight their case means more detention camps, which only benefits the private prison industry and white supremacists with a sick wishlist to see people of color suffering in captivity.
“People like Dennis, a high school student who stood up to a bully at school, was kept in a detention camp for months, missing his senior year of school and away from his family, friends and teachers. Without a policy that allowed a judge to set him free while he waited for his hearing, Dennis would still be sitting in a cell, missing school, eating unhealthy food, and having to live in extreme temperatures. The consequences of Trump’s anti-immigrant to policies are real and they are the reason our people are made to suffer in detention indefinitely.
“We call on all members of Congress, state and local officials to reject indefinite detention for immigrants and to unabashedly call out the human rights violations that are happening in the immigrant detention camps right now.”
United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.